Thoughts on Bulger, Ravens

June, 23, 2010
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The Baltimore Ravens pulled a somewhat surprising move by signing veteran quarterback Marc Bulger Wednesday. According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, it's a one-year deal worth $3.8 million.

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Outside of the initial surprise, this move does make sense.

Although Troy Smith showed occasional flashes, Baltimore didn't have a proven backup behind starting quarterback Joe Flacco. The Ravens have Super Bowl aspirations in 2010, and if Flacco has to miss games due to injury, Baltimore probably feels more comfortable with a veteran who has 95 career starts and two Pro Bowls on his résumé.

But you still wonder what this all means for Smith. He was already not happy with being the No. 2 quarterback in Baltimore. The acquisition of Bulger likely makes Smith the No. 3, emergency quarterback and may eventually leave John Beck as the odd man out.

The Bulger signing also gives the Ravens plenty of collateral in case another team suffers a quarterback injury and would like to work out a deal for Smith this summer.

James Walker | email

ESPN Miami Dolphins reporter

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